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Old 03-15-2005, 03:20 AM
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Default Prop winglets...

That sounds like an interesting idea, but the drag penalty would probably sap way too much power from the engine, negating the use of a lower output engine.

It's late, so I'm not quite thinking clearly right now, but what I mean is that winglets on the prop would contribute little if anything to thrust, but would definitely contribute to drag as the prop tips travel quite fast. The winglets on the EZ's act as vertical stabilizers and locate the rudders, so they have a functional purpose that is tied to providing drag, not lift.

-- Len

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